Drinks at Mood Indigo (Mood Indigo, Jalan Kilang Barat, Singapore): It is quite a surprise that I had completely forgotten having had this before - it was mindblowingly the first time round and, from a magnum this time, still absolutely brilliant. It is no secret that I am not always a big fan of Potel’s wines – I find the quality to be rather patchy and inconsistent at times, while the “house-style” can be overly prominent across much of his production. This bottle, however, was a beautiful expression of its terroir. It had an absolutely knock-out nose, with dark cherries ringed by toasty earth, a little meaty accent, and then gentle reams of Vosne, with cloves and nutmeg and peppercorn. A truly wonderful bouquet. The palate was perhaps not quite as nice as the nose, but that really is no criticism. It had a great freshness and a lovely purity to its dark cherry and berry flavours that were rather unusual for a Potel, all this seasoned by more of that lovely fragrant spice picked up on the nose. It seemed a bit light bodied for a Richebourg at first, but this really had a deceptive depth, it crept up on you with a surprisingly mouthfilling midpalate, then a sneakily long finish, where metal and mineral notes flecked a dark fruited back palate. This was absolutely superb – it had both strength and grace, with power without weight, and length with effort. A great wine, drinking wonderfully well on the day.
Very dark color and palate profile, more black cherry and black berries than red cherry, with some spices on nose and palate. The mouthfeel is very silky and sexy. Shows a good amount of depth. But, overall, this needs time to further develop some complexities and resolve some of its structure, which, although is not too dominated by tannin or acidity, still comes across as somewhat tight and lean and will probably be more relaxed and giving with a few more years in the cellar. Still, shows very good class. Should be pretty impressive with a few more years. Thanks, Yaacov. At Charlie Bird with Ray, Chet and Yaacov.
Drinkable now but takes a surprising amount of time to open up. Fullish with very classic aromas. Not super stylish but excellent nonetheless. Still fairly dark and fairly primary so this is still an adolescent.
Meet the man - Nicolas Potel (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon): Oh my, this is even more complex and seductive than the already impressive aromatic profile from the RSV. Breathtaking sweet spices, herbs and dark fruits with even better depth. Medioum - full bodied. Oh, such depth and power, yet has this underlying elegance and builds up weight, depth and length in the mouth. This classy, refine Richebourg is stunning.
2010 Maison Roche de Bellene / Nicolas Potel Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): A brilliant Richebourg. This was one of two favourites on the night (the other being a knockout 2010 Clos de Beze). Here, we had the essence of Vosne on the nose, with earthy, meaty, umami inflections swirling around a beautiful dark fruited core with wonderful layers of wood spice bringing up the rear. While it did not have the aromatic fireworks of either the Clos de Beze or the Romanee St. Vivant on the same flight, this was still very attractive in a rather more masculine, earthy manner. The palate, on the other hand, was amazing - quite batting the RSV out of the park. Perfectly integrated, beautiful balanced, it unfolded in wonderfully deep, inexorable layers of sour plums, dark cherries and blueberries, all with ringing with a startling purity. Yet for all that lithe, bright clarity, it had such a solid, powerful core, almost voluminous in its depth - a true iron fist in a velvet glove, indeed even more so here than on the 2002 Bonnes Mares. From a magnun and at 11 years of age, it was at a wonderful place, resolved into an perfect whole. The finish was brilliant too, pulling away into a deep, resounding mouthful of plums and dried cherries flecked with hints of earth and a kiss of spice that just went on and on and on. A profound wine - I can still taste it in my head even now.
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